Gluten-free muffins have become increasingly popular in recent years, whether due to dietary restrictions or personal preferences. Baking fluffy gluten-free muffins can be challenging if you don’t have the right tools for making gluten-free muffins. Let’s dive in and talk about the tools I use to make the perfect, fluffy muffins.

Whisking wet ingredients next to other ingredients and muffin tools.

Making gluten free muffins can be tricky. Every gluten free flour blend behaves differently, adding to the challenge. Fortunately, several tools and techniques can help you achieve delicious, moist, and fluffy gluten-free muffins.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced baker, these tips and tools will help you create mouth-watering gluten-free muffins that everyone can enjoy. I also have a great Gluten Free Muffins Troubleshooting Guide to help you perfect your muffin-baking skills.

Overall, having the right baking tools can make a big difference in the quality of your muffins. They can help ensure that your gluten free muffins bake evenly, have a uniform appearance, and turn out light and fluffy.

🔑 Sandi says: If you love to bake, check out these Gluten Free Baking Tips. These tips can help you become a better gluten free baker.

A photo of the pumpkin and cream cheese in the muffin pan.
GF pumpkin cream cheese muffins ready to bake.

If you are curious about which gluten free flour blends are best for muffins, I tested four gluten free flour blends in my gluten free muffins base recipe to find out!

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

My tips for bakery-quality muffins:

1. Mix the batter with a large spoon until the ingredients are “just barely mixed.”
2. Do not use a stand mixer to make muffin batter. It tends to overmix the batter, leaving you with denser muffins.
3. Always check the expiration date on the baking powder and soda, depending on which the recipe calls for.
4. I recommend baking your muffins with a conventional oven setting. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven. This will ensure your muffins bake evenly. I don’t use the convection setting for baking muffins because it can dry them out.
5. For a dome muffin top: Preheat the oven to 425º F. Bake the muffins at this high temperature for 5 minutes, then turn the oven temperature down to 350º F.

How The Right Equipment Helps:

The most important part of gluten free baking is being sure to use the correct gluten free flour blend. Every blend is different and behaves differently in recipes. I list all of my favorite gluten-free flour blends and what types of recipes they work best in.

The second most important thing in gluten free baking is using the right tools. pretty important. These are the tools I use the most when baking my gluten-free muffin recipes.

  • Muffin tin: A muffin tin is arguably the most important tool for making muffins. Without one, your muffins will not have shape. Using a muffin tin ensures that your muffins will bake evenly and have a uniform appearance. The muffin tin also provides the structure for the muffins as they bake, helping them to rise properly.
  • Mixing bowl: A large mixing bowl is important for properly combining dry and wet ingredients. It is also nice if they have a non-slip bottom, which makes mixing the batter thoroughly easier because it won’t slide around on the counter. Do not use a stand mixer to make muffins. Always hand mix in a bowl.
  • Measuring cups, spoons, and a digital scale: Accurately measuring your ingredients is critical when baking muffins, especially in gluten free baking. Using the correct size measuring cups and spoons will ensure that you add the correct amount of each ingredient, resulting in consistent and delicious gluten free muffins every time.
  • Whisk: A whisk or spatula is helpful for mixing the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Cooling rack: It’s important to cool the muffins properly after baking. Placing them on a cooling rack allows air to circulate the muffins, preventing them from becoming soggy on the bottom. To move the muffins from the muffin pan to a cooling rack, I use a knife on the side to gently lift the muffins out of the pan.
A stack of three banana oat muffins.

These Gluten Free Banana Oat Muffins are delicious. Make them bite-sized or regular-sized.

My Favorite Tools For Making Gluten Free Muffins:

  • I love this mini muffin pan. It makes 24 perfect bite-sized muffins!
  • If you prefer traditional-sized muffins, this muffin pan makes 12 muffins. I love Amazon Basics Pan because it is of good quality and very inexpensive compared to other brands.
  • If you want jumbo muffins, this Wilton jumbo muffin pan will allow you to make 6 big fluffy muffins!
  • Getting an accurate liquid measurement is important so your muffins turn out with the right texture and soft crumb. I love these Pryex measuring cups.
  • It is also important to get accurate dry measurements so your muffins don’t turn out too dense and dry. These dry measuring cups are very easy to use for measuring.
  • Dry ingredients can be tough to mix thoroughly. I like to use a whisk to blend my dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients.
  • Preventing sticking is very important so you can enjoy the whole muffin! I either use this gluten-free baking spray or these parchment paper muffin liners when baking muffins.
  • I love using glass mixing bowls when mixing ingredients for batter and dough. I use these glass mixing bowls, as you probably notice in my step-by-step photos in recipes.
  • After your muffins have been baked, moving them to a cooling rack is important. This will prevent steam from gathering in the pan, making the muffins soggy.
  • Lastly, if a recipe uses measurements, use the recipe author’s measurements. I use this digital scale (mine is silver, but the brand is the same. The silver seems to sell out often, so I am posting the red one.)

The Best Gluten Free Muffins Recipes:

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